Starting a Drone Business? – 5 years advice in 10 minutes

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5 years of drone industry insight in 10 minutes. Insight into what it takes to be a successful drone business. Including your plans, finance advice, and personal …

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  1. Good advice. I've been at it for 4 years doing real estate photography. I started with just a phantom 2 and it took me expanding my offered options (inside video and photography with other non-drone camera equipment) to begin starting to build a profit this year.

    It's hard work…and random at times. It also depends on your area of influence too. I'm in a smaller town and so jobs arent big payers at times…but I'm above any competitors around me. I've gained the trust of 5 real estate companies and so I do most of the photography in town on upscale properties. But it didnt start that way.

    Be prepared to not make a profit…even lose a profit for the first year or 2.

  2. I actually tried Uber as a side job…until I made 125/hour with my drone! Even a few hundred a month is a good start IMO. To make 125 (profit) with uber would take a full day. Then I thought, what if I spend an entire day on a website and studying to improve…

  3. Go and "hustle" all you want, because it isn't hustling that gets you rich, it's who you know…

    The answer to you getting more drone jobs is to make connections with decision makers in your target industry. Network with them because after that, sales are handed to you.

    I have been there done that with trying to do dog and pony shows and that is a waste. I focused on building relationships with leaders of companies I was hoping to do business with and got way more jobs. They paid way better too. I teach drone entrepreneurs these concepts and their businesses always get better.

  4. Very good information for the drone business or really any business. I'm about to get my 107 to fly for my full time employer a television station. I ran a full time pro photography business for several years. I can tell you that trying to make a full time income as a self employed small business person is a hard way to go. I hope to maybe pick up some part time work (using my equipment, not the employer's) supplemental income. I think in my area, I would target mid sized businesses instead of large cooperations. I'm in Mississippi so there is a lot of agriculture in the area so I might aim for that segment first.

  5. It's called ROI. Might be nice footage and all, but for most businesses aren't going to see a return one paying for drone footage. Weddings and high end Realty are good markets.

  6. To ALL DJI customers: DO NOT buy the DJI SELECT and don't fall for their silly "STORE CREDIT" loyalty, it does not cover any accessories for the Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom. This is a big scam from DJI
    I bought from DJI STORE a Mavic 2 hard case, but the 20% discount as a SELECT member was not applied, called customer service and they said these discounts are for everything else but not for the Mavic 2….. What a big scam this is for a company that has no respect to customers. Even my online store credit was not applied. DJI should stop this money $$$$ loving game and focus on customer service, support and satisfaction.

  7. Hes talkimg common sense stuff. unfortunately u cannot talk sense into someone who doesnt have any sense. there will always be dumbasses who start new businesses that risk their entire savings and house equity or start in dept in an industry that they have no experience in.

  8. I can tell you one thing for sure if you go through any kind of seminar or company selling you on the Drone business if you don't get out and hustle and make it work the people from the seminar will say it's all your fault you're not doing something right which you may not be but you don't need to be constantly bashed with that either, and people from seminars will just use your work that you accomplished to further their agenda by selling it to the other people I've been watching this for a while I've had several people tell me and somebody stated in the comments that the people who make all the money or the one selling seminars

  9. If youโ€™re going to do it, do it. Give me a call and Iโ€™ll set you up with all the latest and greatest. And when you fail in a year, give me a call. Iโ€™ll be happy to give you pennies on the dollar for your investment.

  10. necessity is an incredible motivator …
    You are exactly right, it's all up to the person, I made a business out of nothing went into hock to do it, but because I couldn't fail, I didn't fail.

  11. Hello, I am a mexican student of agronomics and I'm interested in precision agriculture, so I have a few doubts that maybe you could clear:
    1-Do I absolutely need to have a drone to get the certification or can I use a borrowed one?.
    2-Is the certification only valid for the actual drone, the type of drone (multirotor or fixed wing) or for any dron i would use in the future?.

    Hope you can help me with this. Thank you.

  12. Thanks justin, i have been watching your channel now since i started 2 yrs ago, i am still working in dental and my dream of getting out to do flying has been strong however as time has gone by i too have seen obstacles not to mention the massive costs so i echo your comments as its not just your country its the UK too, i may do something when i retire in 5 years, but not yet, ps i hate my job hence the reason to do something different, keep the vids coming tho, thanks

  13. Much of your advice applies regardless of the type of business someone operates, particularly "It's down to you.".

    I recently retired from 25 years operating a consulting sole-proprietorship. I feel confident in saying that anyone who starts their own business "so they only work when they want to"…. well, they don't plan on making a living.

    Yes, operating your own business gives you more flexibility regarding life in general; but working for yourself is in many ways harder than working a 9-5 gig because you're providing your service during the day, then doing all the bookkeeping & sales planning at night.

  14. Thumbs down for fake indoctrination: Succeeding in 'honest' business requires:
    1) God (His salvation from sin), temperance (sobriety immorality), love of family, etc., AND faithfulness to spouse … 1st and foremost.
    2) Extreme passion and/or love toward your craft.

    The vast rest … joy, people, techniques, knowledge, virtue, experience, profit, etc. follows by God's grace … and your faith + love.
    Note: It's easy for us entrepreneurs to forget where we came from (sin, failure, hopelessness, etc) and then preach "communication skills", self-pontification, etc.

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